This past week Matt and I went for our first pediatrician visit! At your advice, I called the office of the practice we are planning to use and sure enough they offered a complimentary prenatal meet-n-greet visit. When I scheduled the appointment, I was surprised to find out that we were going to see one of our friends!! She went to UVA and joined the practice last year. It made me all the more comfortable to see a friendly face. It might seem like a concern to have a young pediatrician, but I actually think that is a good thing since the research is always changing and I would assume younger doctors would be more familiar with modern practices (I think that is definitely true of nutrition). But the benefit of this practice is that there are young and older doctors, so if there is ever a concern or something unusual, there are multiple brains and perspectives to consult.
It was strange for both of us that we were in a doctor’s office but neither of us were patients! A first for sure! Matt enjoyed the waiting room reading!
I have asked around to my mom friends and there were two offices we were considering based on their recommendations. This practice had a sick and well waiting room, plus a separate one for teens. It has evening and weekend appointments and is open 365 days a year. We learned there is also a lactation consultant I can easily see, which is a big plus. I also really like that it’s a group of doctors – they all have different interests and specializations (from sports medicine to allergies) so we are less likely to be referred out if we need more care in special fields.
But I think the biggest plus of all is the location – walking distance from our house. Very convenient for baby wearing, stroller walking or even late-night visits. [You all know how much I hate to drive…]
We had a nice chat with our doctor about the different visits and appointments surrounding birth and the first month, and I asked a few questions about standard procedures and things.
You never know when it comes to the health of your child, but I am glad to know we have a good practice nearby picked out. Another check off the list!
[Is anyone else freaked out by that scary mole looking animal wearing a hat in the pocket!?]
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